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When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death.

This new publication also includes a number of unfinished Paris sketches on writing and experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, his wife Hadley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others. A personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's sole surviving son, precedes an introduction by the editor, Sean Hemingway, grandson of the author.

©2009 the Hemingway Copyright Owners (P)2009 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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  • Sharon
  • GLEN ELLEN, CA, United States
  • 05-07-12

Restored Edition was worth the wait

I am a big Hemingway fan, but interestingly I had never read A MOVEABLE FEAST. I'm not sure why, but it was poorly reviewed when it came out and I was a busy young wife and mother putting my husband through law school and didn't get to read much at the time. Earlier this year I read THE PARIS WIFE, which I thoroughly enjoyed, and decided it was time to read A MOVEABLE FEAST. I was delighted to see that there is now a restored edition available, and was especially pleased to listen to what both Hemingway's son and grandson had to say. I believe this edition, which was restored to their best belief, to the way Hemingway had wanted it, makes a lot of sense. It is easy to understand why Mary Hemingway, Hemingway's wife at the time of his death, would be sensitive to material about Hadley, Hemingway's first, and many, including him, would say his best marriage. She edited those passages out in the original edition. The passages about Fitzgerald were especially interesting. I also loved hearing about how Ernest and Hadley lived in Paris - their apartment, their friends, the French lifestyle, etc.

The narration was excellent. Sounded just as I would imagine Hemingway would sound.

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  • Duncan
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-16-12

a feast

What did you love best about A Moveable Feast?

His writing cuts all the trimmings/fat and leaves them on the flood for the dog to eat.

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  • Jean
  • Shawnee Mission, KS, United States
  • 01-23-12

Restored edition better than original

Where does A Moveable Feast rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Moveable Feast?

Having just read The Paris Wife, it was fascinating to hear Hemingway talking about the break-up of his marriage with Hadley and the remorse he felt for the rest of his life.

Which scene was your favorite?

His trip to Lyons with F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not laugh or cry, but I was

Any additional comments?

John Bedford Lloyd truly becomes Hemingway, and you feel like you're hearing Hemingway tell his own story. I had read the original many years ago, but this is a great improvement. Hemingway's grandsons explain the changes made (re-arranging chapters, additional chapters on Fitzgerald that the original editors thought were too controversial, Hemingway's own thoughts on Hadley (his wife at the time of publication, Mary, had left much of this out), and, at the end, scraps of passages from the book that Hemingway wrote and re-wrote and re-wrote

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  • Kathryn
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 09-12-11

Autobiography that ready like fiction (but better)

Anyone who is a fan of Hemmingway and/or of the artists, writers, etc. living in Paris during the 1920's will enjoy listening to this audio. I like the intro by Patrick and Sean Hemmingway, that was a nice touch and I would have wanted more narration from them.

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Disappointing.

I read the Paris Wife and LOVED it and was excited to listen to this, Hemingway's point of view of the same time period.
I have to say the fiction was better than the non fiction.
I didn't find this entertaining at all to listen to, in fact, it was rather dull.

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Disappointing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not. Hemingway was never a favorite. After "A Moveable Feast," my opinion has not improved. His stories of Paris in the 1920's are quaint and engaging, but humorless and rambling. His variant use of person seems random and, at times, accidental. Unless you are an unreconstructed Hemingway aficionado, look elsewhere.

What was most disappointing about Ernest Hemingway???s story?

It was self-centered and pointless.

What didn???t you like about John Bedford Lloyd???s performance?

His performance was flat and lent no energy to the stories.

Do you think A Moveable Feast needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. "A Moveable Feast" does not indicate that Hemingway has anything more to say.

Any additional comments?

I make no claim to literary expertise. This is merely my opinion. I am not unlettered. I have read a good bit of the Western literary canon including Plato, Chaucer, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Dante, Dickens, Hobbes,Tolstoy, Marx, Engels, Ibsen, Freud, Kafka, Goethe, Joyce, Lawrence, Elliot, Fitzgerald, Thomas, Neruda, Dickinson, Sartre, O'Neill, Beckett, and Ionesco. I am not a fan of Gertrude Stein. Perhaps that history will give you a perspective on my bias with respect to this work.

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  • rOBERT
  • Deerfield Beach, FL, United States
  • 01-24-12

The best author explained

What did you love best about A Moveable Feast?

The book was a

What about John Bedford Lloyd’s performance did you like?

Let Hemingways words portray Hemingway

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Midnight in Paris

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Don't torture yourself.

the worst book I've read in a long time. What a misogynistic egotistical man he was.

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